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Going with Plan B....for now

Old 12-03-11, 06:37 PM
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Going with Plan B....for now

After riding a cyclo-x bike for the past few years, I've been looking to get back into a mountain bike. My last mountain bike was a Specialized Stumpjumper M2 from the mid-90's, so lots has changed. I've test ridden a couple 29er HT and liked the ride, but with it being winter and not being able to actually "ride" the bikes as they are intended, it is tough to form any solid opinions. I really like the Giant XTC 29ers, just not sure which one I'd want to buy (0, 1 or 2) or if a FS 29er would be a better choice overall.

Anyway, a co-worker of mine had a 2011 Rocky Mountain Trailhead 26er that he had literally ridden around the store parking lot before he bought it. He's a bit neurotic and buys & sells bikes all the time, so I ended up buying it from him for less than half of what he paid. It has Deore/SLX components, hydraulic discs, Rock Shox Toras, so it is a bit down-spec'ed from what I had been planning to buy. I figured for the money, I will ride it while I figure out what I really want to buy. I had a Rocky Mountain Vapor back in the day and liked the geometry, so I am hoping this one is as comfortable. If I really like the bike, I may just upgrade a few of the parts and then buy a Kona Unit or similar for commuting.
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Old 12-05-11, 03:45 AM
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Umm... ok...
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And here I thought this was going to be a topic about emergency contraceptives...

Enjoy the bike!
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Originally Posted by Zephyr11 View Post
And here I thought this was going to be a topic about emergency contraceptives...
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Old 12-05-11, 11:34 AM
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Yeah, sorry, kind of dumb, meaningless post. Just trying to justify in my head buying a downspec'ed bike and saving about $1500, instead of buying something with my heart and getting the bike I really want.
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Can you craigslist it for a profit and help fund something else? The components might let you down at some time. The world seems heading towards 29ers. I know I'm committed to my 26 for at least 3 more years. Then I might build up a whatever is hot for 2015! Enjoy the riding.
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That's kind of what I was thinking. I'll ride it over the winter, see how I like it and make a better decision in the spring, after I get a chance to demo a few bikes as well. Some of the drivetrain components are decent of the Rocky (Deore shifters/SLX rear/hydraulic brakes) and I like that it is all Shimano as opposed to mystery meat whatever here & there, but the Alivio crank isn't likely to stand up to much abuse and I don't really know much about the Tora shocks. I'd consider myself to be a clydesdale (230lbs) but I don't ride overly hard anymore either (too old & too many financial obligations), so I am hoping the bike will keep me rolling for a little while anyway.
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